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European Canal Barge Cruises

'Alouette' - Canal du Midi 2020


7 days from $26,505

Limited to 4 guests

Designed for just four guests, 'Alouette' drifts gently between Béziers and Carcassonne on the historic Canal du Midi, a brilliant feat of 17th-century engineering and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Its 328 locks, bridges, aqueducts and tunnels have scarcely changed since their creation. Soak up the views from the sun deck, enjoy the passing scenery through large picture windows in the salon, or walk or cycle along the towpath. Watch your gourmet chef prepare meals using the fresh ingredients you helped purchase at the morning market.
'Belmond Alouette'-  Canal du Midi Vessel

Vessel Information

100 feet long and 15.7 feet wide with air conditioning throughout

Capacity for 4 guests in 2 double/twin cabins, each outward facing with en suite bathroom

Salon with stereo system, television and assortment of CDs/DVDs

Sun deck, partially shaded for al fresco dining

Bicycles provided

Internet access (limited in some areas)

All meals and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) included

Deck Plan
Day 1
SUNDAY

Meet at the Paris hotel chosen by the group and transfer to the rail station for the TGV high-speed train to Béziers. Join 'Alouette' for a welcome reception and a cruise to the pretty village of Colombières, followed by a first gourmet dinner on board.

'Alouette'
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
MONDAY

Visit l’Abbaye de Fontfroide, an 11th-century Cistercian monastery, lovingly restored with a well-kept garden and peaceful cloister. After lunch, cruise to Capestang.

'Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
TUESDAY

Cruise to Le Somail, one of the prettiest moorings along the canal, home to an array of local artists. After lunch on board the barge, visit an olive mill to uncover the secrets of olive oil production during a private presentation and tasting.

'Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
WEDNESDAY

Experience the wonderful covered market in Narbonne, a lively Mediterranean city and important center of wine production. Enjoy lunch at a local bistro near the market before returning to your barge for a leisurely afternoon cruise to Homps.

'Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
THURSDAY

After breakfast, visit Minerve, an old village on a limestone cliff that dominates the vineyards below. The ruined castle, once a Cathar stronghold, was besieged and captured by Simon de Montfort in 1210. Return to 'Alouette' for a cruise to the pretty town of Trèbes where dinner is at a local restaurant.

'Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
FRIDAY

Explore Carcassonne, Europe’s largest medieval fortress town, admiring the intricate fortifications. The cathedral here is remarkable for its stained-glass windows, fine statues and elegant transepts. Back on board the barge this evening, enjoy a memorable farewell dinner.

'Alouette'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
SATURDAY

After breakfast, transfer to Carcassonne for the TGV high-speed train to Paris, where your journey ends on arrival.

Meals: Breakfast

Route runs in reverse on alternate weeks and may differ on selected cruise dates.


Prices are in USD, per person and based on double occupancy unless noted as charter. Contact A&K for availability.

  • Departing Every Sunday Between Mar 22 - Apr 26, 2020
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    Price
    Single Supplement
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    6 night charter
    Price
    $26,505
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  • Departing Every Sunday Between May 3 - Jun 28, 2020
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    6-night charter
    Price
    $37,865
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    N/A
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  • Departing Every Sunday Between Jul 5 - Aug 30, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    6-night charter
    Price
    $26,505
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
  • Departing Every Sunday Between Sep 6 - Oct 18, 2020
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Cabin Class
    6-night charter
    Price
    $37,865
    Single Supplement
    N/A
    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

Price includes TGV high-speed train from Paris and return.

Reduced pricing available for Private Charters of 2 or 3 guests.


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